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The numbers say Tom Brady no longer is a top-five quarterback. Brady, meanwhile, says only one number matters: the score. All of which is to say, the status of the New England Patriots star is up for discussion. Where does the three-time Super Bowl champion rank among the NFL's signal-callers today?

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

Chicago Bears

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Eli Manning

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

Ben R'berger

Ben R'berger

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

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Richard Sherman isn't universally loved, especially after his now-infamous postgame tirade against Michael Crabtree and the San Francisco 49ers. But that doesn't mean he's without his fans; quite the opposite, in fact, as the Seattle Seahawks cornerback ranked 10th on the NFL's list of most-bought jerseys. Two of Sherman's teammates, Russell Wilson (second) and Marshawn Lynch (sixth) also made the list. No. 1? Their opponent's quarterback in Super Bowl XLVIII, Peyton Manning.

Our question: Which of the top 10 is your favorite? Whom do you like the least? Click on the images below to set your personal popularity rankings!

Popular NFL Players

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Jersey rank: 4

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Jersey rank: 5

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Jersey rank: 3

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Jersey rank: 6

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Jersey rank: 1

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Jersey rank: 7

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Jersey rank: 8

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Jersey rank: 10

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

Jersey rank: 9

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Jersey rank: 2

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Manning, Broncos to the Super Bowl

Compared to the rest of his accomplishments, Peyton Manning's big-game reputation is rather lacking. Not that you would have noticed Sunday, as his Denver Broncos handled the visiting New England Patriots 26-16, earning Manning (32-of-43, 400 yards, two pass TDs) a trip to his third Super Bowl. Manning is 1-1 in the Big Game, and another win could send him even higher up the all-time QB charts. Meanwhile, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were denied trips to their sixth Super Bowl together, and one must wonder if they'll ever make it back.

How much does the Broncos' 26-16 win over the Patriots improve Peyton Manning's reputation in big games?

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  • What do you make of the Broncos' 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game?

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  • How do you feel about the Broncos' 26-16 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game?

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  • If Peyton Manning wins another Super Bowl, where will he rank among the best QBs of all time?

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  • Whose career would you rather have?

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  • Would the Patriots have reached the Super Bowl if Rob Gronkowski had been healthy this season?

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  • Will Tom Brady and Bill Belichick ever reach another Super Bowl together?

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Trading Places: Brady and Manning

What if Peyton Manning had come up under the coaching of Bill Belichick in New England with Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski as targets? What if Tom Brady had been drafted in the sixth round by the Colts and formed a bond with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne? Greg Garber reached out to several players and front-office personnel to get their opinions on just how much the coaching and supporting casts have meant to these two quarterbacks. We'll take it a step further and ask you: What if the players stayed put and the coaches switched sides? Cast your votes on all these scenarios and more below.

  • If Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had switched places, how successful would Brady have been in Indy/Denver? (Manning: 2 conf. titles, 1 Super Bowl)

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  • If Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had switched places, how successful would Manning have been in New England? (Brady: 5 conf. titles, 3 Super Bowls)

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  • If Tony Dungy and Bill Belichick had switched places from 2002-08, how successful would Dungy have been in New England? (Belichick: 3 conf. titles, 2 Super Bowls)

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  • If Tony Dungy and Bill Belichick had switched places from 2002-08, how successful would Belichick have been in Indianapolis? (Dungy: 1 conf. title, 1 Super Bowl)

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  • Who has been more critical to the Patriots' success?

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  • Which quarterback/wide receiver combination would have been more fun to see?

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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, but they haven't done it all by themselves. Each has had an array of fantastic receivers capable of making even the worst quarterback look halfway-decent. Combined with Brady and Manning, they've produced magic. Can you name the top TD receivers for both quarterbacks? Take our quiz!

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